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|North Carolina Central University|
|Motto||Truth and Service|
|Academic staff||390 full time, 259 part time|
|Location||Durham, North Carolina,
|Former names||National Religious Training School and Chautauqua
National Training School
Durham State Normal School
North Carolina College for Negroes
North Carolina College at Durham
|Colors||Maroon and Gray
|Athletics||NCAA Division I|
|Affiliations||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference|
North Carolina Central University
|Location:||Bounded by Lawson St., Alston Ave., Nelson, and Fayetteville Sts., Durham, North Carolina|
|Architect:||Atwood & Nash; Public Works Administration|
|Architectural style:||Colonial Revival, Georgian Revival|
|Added to NRHP:||March 28, 1986|
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is a public historically black university in the University of North Carolina system, located in Durham, North Carolina, offering programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, professional and doctoral levels. The University is a member-school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
|James E. Shepard||President||1909–1947|
|Samuel P. Massie||President||1963–1966|
|Albert N. Whiting||President
|LeRoy T. Walker||Chancellor||1983–1986|
|Tyronza R. Richmond||Chancellor||1986–1992|
|Donna J. Benson||Chancellor||1992–1993|
|Julius L. Chambers||Chancellor||1993–2001|
|James H. Ammons||Chancellor||2001–2007|
|Beverly Washington Jones||Chancellor||2007–2007|
North Carolina Central University was founded by James E. Shepard as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua in the Hayti District. It was chartered in 1909 as a private institution and opened on July 5, 1910. Along with other progressives, Woodrow Wilson, the future U.S. President, contributed some private support for the school's founding. The school was sold and reorganized in 1915, becoming the National Training School; it was supported by Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage, a philanthropist of New York who was particularly concerned about education. It supported Black teacher development in the Jim Crow era, a time when funding and support for Black education by southern states was severely limited.
Becoming a state-funded institution in 1923, it was renamed Durham State Normal School. In 1925, reflecting the expansion of its programs to a four-year curriculum with a variety of majors, it was renamed the North Carolina College for Negroes. After Virginia State College, it was the nation's second state-supported liberal arts college for black students. Shepard lobbied the North Carolina General Assembly for support of the college. To avoid the Jim Crow system of segregated passenger cars on the train, Shepard insisted on traveling to Raleigh by car to lobby the legislature. The college's first four-year class graduated in 1929.
The college was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as an “A” class institution in 1937, but it was not admitted to membership until 1957. Graduate courses in the School of Arts and Sciences were added in 1939, in the School of Law in 1940, and in the School of Library Science in 1941. In 1947, the General Assembly changed the name of the institution to North Carolina College at Durham.
On October 6, 1947, Shepard, the founder and president, died. He was succeeded in 1948 by Alfonso Elder. Elder served as president until he retired September 1, 1963. Samuel P. Massie was appointed as the third president on August 9, 1963, and resigned on February 1, 1966. On July 1, 1967, Albert N. Whiting assumed the presidency, serving until his retirement June 30, 1983.
The 1969 General Assembly designated the institution as one of the State's regional universities, and the name was changed to North Carolina Central University. Since 1972, NCCU has been a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system. On July 1, 1972, the state’s four-year colleges and universities were joined to become The Consolidated University of North Carolina, with 16 individual campuses, headed by a single president and governed by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. However, each campus was led by a separate chancellor and a campus-specific Board of Trustees.
Whiting was succeeded by LeRoy T. Walker as chancellor, followed by Tyronza R. Richmond, Dr. Donna J. Benson, Julius L. Chambers (who had previously been director-counsel (chief executive) of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund), James H. Ammons, and on August 1, 2007, Charlie Nelms.
NCCU is a part of the UNC System. The campus is governed by a thirteen member Board of Trustees. Eight Trustees are elected by the UNC System‘s Board of Governors, and four are appointed by the Governor. The president of the Student Government Association also serves as an ex-officio member. The Board elects its officers annually and meets five times per year. As of 2011[update], NCCU had a total of 8,587 students, (full and part-time) including 5396 full-time undergraduate and 1233 full-time graduate students. Sixty-four percent are women and 36 percent are men. Eighty-five percent are African-American, 6 percent are white, and 2 percent are Hispanic. As of 2007[update]. NCCU had a student faculty ratio of 13:1.
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In 2005, NCCU was No. 1 among HBCU in North Carolina in the recruitment of National Achievement Scholars and a leader among all institutions in the state trailing Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
NCCU in conjunction with the African American Jazz Caucus sponsors a Jazz Research Institute which conducts an annual Summer Jazz Festival and offers a program in Jazz Studies.
North Carolina Central University has 130 registered student organizations and 12 honor societies.
NCCU sponsors fourteen men’s and women’s sports teams that participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I as a newly readmitted member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Athletic teams include football, softball, baseball, basketball, track and field, tennis, volleyball, bowling, and golf.
The North Carolina Central University Marching Band known as the Marching Sound Machine was one of two bands selected from North Carolina to participate in the 2011 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, CA.
|Herman Boone||former high school football coach, profiled in the motion picture Remember the Titans|
|Frank Ballance||1963||former member of the U.S. House of Representatives
(North Carolina 1st district)
|Ernie Barnes||artist and former professional football player|
|Larry Black||Olympic track & field gold and silver medalist|
|Dan Blue||multiple African-American "firsts": North Carolina Speaker of the House; president of National Conference of State Legislatures|
|Julia Boseman||1992||Senator (North Carolina)|
|Jim Brewington||former professional football player|
|Wanda G. Bryant||1982||North Carolina Court of Appeals jurist|
|G.K. Butterfield||Congressman and former Associate Justice, North Carolina Supreme Court|
|Kim Coles||comedian and actress|
|Julius L. Chambers||1958||lawyer, civil rights leader, and educator. Founded the first integrated law firm in North Carolina|
|Eva M. Clayton||former member of the U.S. House of Representatives (North Carolina's 1st district)|
|Lee Davis||1968||former professional basketball player, 1-time ABA all-star|||
|Walter Douglas||1958||CEO, Avis Ford|
|Mike Easley||1976||former Governor of North Carolina|
|Rick Elmore||1982||North Carolina Court of Appeals jurist|
|Kevin Foy||Mayor, Chapel Hill, N.C.|
|Willie E. Gary||1974||attorney, motivational speaker and cable television executive|
|George Hamilton Sr.||President, Dow Automotive|
|Charles "Tex" Harrison||former Harlem Globetrotters coach and player|
|Bill Hayes||1965||former head football coach at Winston Salem State University and North Carolina A&T State University; current athletic director at Winston-Salem State University|
|Audwin Helton||1981||President and CEO, Spatial Data Integrations, Inc.|
|Maynard Jackson||1964||first black mayor of Atlanta, Georgia|
|Gene C. Jarmon||General Counsel, Texas Department of Insurance|
|Sam Jones||NBA Hall of Famer|
|Vernon Jones||politician and former chief executive officer of Dekalb County, Georgia|
|Eleanor Kinnaird||Member of the North Carolina Senate (23rd district)|
|Clarence Lightner||First black mayor of Raleigh, N.C.|
|Bishop Eddie Long||Senior Pastor, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Lithonia, Georgia|
|Jeanne Lucas||First black elected to the North Carolina Senate|
|Crystal Gail Mangum||Dancer and former student connected to Duke Lacrosse case|
|Robert Massey||1989||former professional football player and current defensive coordinator at Shaw University|
|Henry "Mickey" Michaux||member of the North Carolina House of Representatives (31st district)|
|LeVelle Moton||1996||former professional basketball player|
|Greg Peterson||2007||former professional football player|
|Charles Romes||1977||former professional football player|
|Dr. Leon Rouson||1983||former National Black Teacher of the Year|
|Rashaun D. Rucker||National Emmy winning photojournalist, 1st African-American to be named Michigan Press Photographer of the Year|
|Julius Sang||former Summer Olympics track athlete|
|Evelyn Smalls||1967||President and CEO, United Bank of Philadelphia|
|Jason Smoots||2003||professional track athlete|
|James Speed||1975||President and CEO, North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company|
|André Leon Talley||Editor-at-Large, Vogue Magazine|
|Cressie Thigpen||1968||North Carolina Court of Appeals jurist|
|Dr. Earlie Thorpe||1948||prominent historian, educator|
|Doug Wilkerson||former professional football player|
|Paul Winslow||former professional football player|
|Arenda L. Wright Allen||1985||judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia|
|David Young||former professional basketball player|
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